WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 4:02 a.m.) Two public works employees are self-quarantining due to potential exposure from coronavirus, the town administrator said Tuesday.
The department of public works employees are isolating themselves at home, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said at Tuesday’s town council meeting, where the mayor reported 14 new coronavirus cases in Westfield, bringing the number of local cases to 146.
“They are very much fine,” Gildea said about the DPW workers. “But they are self-quarantining now to make sure they are not experiencing any symptoms.”
As of Tuesday, municipal officials had reported 13 deaths from COVID-19 in Westfield. Six of those were at long term care facilities in the town, the officials said.
Across New Jersey, the COVID-19 death toll rose to 2,805 people and as of Tuesday 68,824 people had tested positive. In Union County, 7,265 people have tested positive for coronavirus and 238 have died, the state Health Department figures show.
Mayor Shelley Brindle said that while people have asked for recovery information, there is no formal measure reporting recoveries.
“There’s isn’t a real mechanism for doing that,” Brindle said. “It tends to be self-reported.”
Some local stories of recovery are emerging. Brindle previously reported that three Westfield Police officers, who tested positive for COVID-19 have been cleared to return to work.
And in neighboring Garwood Police Chief Jim Wright posted to Facebook last week that he is back to work after recovering from coronavirus.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct status of the two DPW workers. They are self quarantining due to potential exposure.
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